Monitor: Any suggestions for something around $150?
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit - $100
This puts my total price at $1570, if I include a $150 monitor. With rebates and combo deals I save about $90, so I'm at $1480.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: The main purpose of this computer will be for recording and editing music, so video and gaming potential can take a backseat to CPU/RAM/multitasking. Some additional concerns:
1. Does everything look compatible?
2. Memory: If I opt for 64-bit Windows, would it be significantly more beneficial to get more than the 4GB of ram? In trying to stay around $1500, I was thinking I could go with 4GB for now.
3. Cooling: Will I need additional cooling with this rig?
4. Does anything appear to be insufficient/overkill?
Thank you for taking the time to read this. I realize that it's an investment of time to answer a constant stream of questions from inexperienced people like me and I thank you in advance for any criticism/suggestions.
1. Yes. And excellent choices.
2. Adding RAM later is a very easy future upgrade. Go with 4 now.
3. The only cooling option you may want to consider is an aftermarket CPU cooler.
4. The PSU is sized for two 5750 video cards. Did you have that in mind for a future upgrade as well?
You won''t save any significant $$ downgrading from a 650 watter.
Hm. It looks like they just discontinued that deal. But those combo deals definitely seem like the way to go. Right now I can get the Gigabyte MoBo with the Vertex HD for $260 after rebates, and the i5 with the Lian Li case for $265, which seems pretty good. I hope those deals don't disappear too.
Nice find on the combo deals.
The Corsair 650TX is such a good deal at the moment it is hard to find a good 500W PSU that isn't within a few bucks when you factor in shipping and rebates.
Corsair 450VX is $60 after rebate plus $7 shipping vs Corsair 650TX is $70 a/r and free shipping. The 550VX is $70 a/r and $7 shipping -go figure. Thats another sale that might slip away soon.